Many travel for business as well as leisure, and with the recent viral outbreak causing many restrictions, bans and reduction in travel services, it can make even the most dedicated travelers take pause. This is a great moment to look at the many ways one can stay safe and healthy at any time, and how to protect yourself while traveling during any sort of outbreak or event.

Consider Your Risk Tolerance

Everyday travel can expose you to some risk. After all, an airplane’s air system recirculates the air without purifying or cleansing it of viral or other contaminants. If your risk tolerance is low, for example, you have a compromised immune system, a respiratory or cardiac condition, or a health issue that makes you more vulnerable to risks, it is best to limit travel. If you are considering travel during a time when risk is greater, it is best to postpone.

As Healthline said, visiting South America, visiting the Caribbean…no problem, but if you are cruising in Southeast Asia, it is best to hold off for a season or two.

Consider Contact

If you are going to come into contact with anyone who is ill, it is wise to reconsider. For example, if you will spend tremendous amounts of time on a cruise ship, mass transit or a plane, you have to be realistic about the level of contact and exposure. None of the forms of transport just mentioned have air conditioning or air treatment systems capable of eliminating viral agents.

That means that you may need to reconsider a cruise or a lot of time in a major city where mass transit is your only option.

Hygiene Habits

Hand hygiene is vital during travel at any time, and not exclusive to periodic outbreaks of viruses. It makes good sense to always wash your hands as a means of reducing your exposure to any germs, viruses, and other contaminants. Using good, old-fashioned soap and water for at least 30 seconds (though two minutes of washing and rinsing is best), cuts your risks substantially. You will also want to avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth until you have washed thoroughly.

If you cannot get ahold of soap and water, hand sanitizer or classic alcohol wipes can do in a pinch.

Know What’s Needed at Your Destination

This is a major issue that a lot of travelers overlook but is something that can help to keep them safer and far healthier whenever they travel, and it is simply to know what vaccinations are needed and can help.

Again, as the team at Healthline said, whether staying domestic or traveling abroad, “getting the flu shot to reduce your risk for respiratory illness,” is helpful, as well as getting “other vaccinations.” Let your physician know when and where you are traveling, and they can go over a list of immunizations that you should obtain.

Know Yourself

One of the most important things to do in order to keep yourself healthy and safe whenever traveling is to know right away if you are “under the weather.” One of the most common errors made by a traveler is to brush off initial symptoms and believing that they are simply due to fatigue or adjusting to travel. It is much better to take any signs of an illness seriously and speak to someone as soon as possible.

While most cruise ships have trained personnel who can handle any sort of issue, if you are on your own or part of a tour on land, you should let someone in charge know of your condition, too. This can ensure you get medical care immediately, even if it is only for a mild traveler’s illness that ends up being nothing at all.


There is one thing that most of us do during travel that can weaken our resiliency and leave us far more open to illness and infection, and that is to forgo adequate sleep. Yes, there will be traditional disruptions to sleep due to any changes in time zone and any prolonged journeys, but sleep is crucial. As travel writer Roger Wellington noted in a HuffPost article, “Your body needs rest when you’re physically traveling, crossing time zones, carrying luggage to and from destinations, walking all day, and so forth. Traveling is harsh on your body so make sure you get plenty of rest. How much is enough? Listen to your body.”

Just as you pay attention to any signs of illness creeping up on you, so too must you focus on what your body says in regard to sleep.

Pace Yourself

While traveling, many of us get a bit overexcited to see and do it all. This is a sure-fire route to fatigue, and once your resistance begins to decline, it is only a matter of time before your health suffers. Again, as Wellington advised, “Don’t try to see the entire city all in one day. If you plan to do a lot in a big city, consider staying longer to slow down your pace and spread your itinerary. You’ll also get to know the area more instead of just being able to say that you’ve “been there.” Be active and roam the streets,” and make the most of every moment.

Hydration and Eating

We might think of travel as a time of overindulgence, but many of us actually skip regular water intake and proper eating as we travel. A great trick to ensure you get adequate nutrition is to always eat breakfast. Even if you skip lunch or eat only a few light snacks after breakfast, if you manage to get a good dose of daily vitamins in at breakfast, you’re off to a great start.

Then, pay close attention to the amount of water consumed each day. Bottled water is always best, but if you cannot get your hands on it, you can get the hydration needed from spring water or non-caffeinated soft drinks.

It does not take a lot to remain safe and healthy as you travel, and with these tips, you can do so easily and even during periods of concern.

San Diego is one of the top travel destinations in the U.S. thanks to its amazingly comfortable year-round weather, its long list of attractions, and its location that places travelers close to many other popular cities in California. This is why there are so many premium and luxury rentals available for travelers visiting the city, and why it should appear on your list of must-see domestic locations in the U.S. this year.

A Two-Day Exploration

While you might be enjoying a much longer visit to San Diego, the fact that your luxury villa is likely to be packed with first-class amenities may make it your favorite spot to stay during the journey. With options that put you along the waterfront or surround you with beautiful design and décor and an almost endless array of things to do, your villa could be your one-stop holiday destination.

Yet, you really do want to head out into the area and experience the locations and attractions that experts choose as the very best. We recommend a two-day itinerary that could fill your weekend and then let you kick back and enjoy your stay in the villa. The top spots include:

Day One

Start your experience of San Diego with a bit of a blast from the past and head to Old Town. It is the original downtown area, and what many consider the birthplace of the state of California. It was here that the very first West Coast settlement by Spanish missionaries was built and where some of the most historical sites are found.

Spend a bit of time learning more about the area at the Old Town State Historic Park, the famous Whaley House (a notoriously haunted mansion), and several other museums. And then start hitting the shops. The Old Town is a great place to find all kinds of unique specialty shops and eateries as well as lots of themed walking tours, including some dedicated to tacos and tequila!

After Old Town, it is time to head to Balboa Park, a huge urban park full of different buildings, gardens, and parklands. Explore one of the hiking trails, and many find the Air and Space Museum, as well as the Japanese Friendship Garden the most appealing spots. You should find out about a Go San Diego Card if you intend to spend a lot of time in the Balboa Park area since it allows you access to many of the sites in the area, as well as other parts of town.

Lastly, we suggest you spend a portion of your day at the famous San Diego Zoo. Some travelers may find that an entire day here is not enough to take in the sights – particularly if traveling with kids, but a full afternoon and early evening wandering the premises may be just the trick.

Day Two

This is another day to be spent outdoors in some of the area’s top sights, and it begins around sunrise with a hike in Torrey Pines State Reserve. With a beach nearby, it is a two thousand acre natural park with a fantastic beach trail offering access to the cliffs and the waters below. Once you are done there, it is an easy matter to head to La Jolla.

The Beach at La Jolla is an essential stop and is a great spot to explore the area’s sea caves or to visit the Children’s Pool and spot some seals (and if you are there in the second half of the year, it is seal pup season and you’ll love looking for the fuzzy seal babies that enjoy the shallow waters). If you are eager to master the art of surfing, this is your spot to book a lesson and enjoy the safest waves.

It is a good idea to pack a picnic if you intend to pay a visit. Why? While you can head to many different eateries along the sands, most people find themselves thoroughly enchanted by the La Jolla Beach area and end up staying for most of the day. If that is what you choose, it is also a good idea to plan to spend time near the Sunset Cliffs area. This is where many people head to take in at least one sunset before the end of their visit.

Many locals head to this area to take in the flawless sunset, so be sure you take their cues and bring along a picnic and a blanket to tote with you as you walk the cliffs and find your ideal sunset spot!

More to See and Do

If you intend to head out from your luxury San Diego villa each day of your visit, you can split up the choices here, but you can also add the following spots to your list:

  • Belmont Park – A famous seaside amusement park with old-fashioned rides and lots of fun foods
  • Fashion Valley Mall – This is an open-air mall and the largest in the city. Full of premium brands and designer names, it lets you meet the needs of your retail itch while remaining outdoors and in the glorious weather
  • Gaslamp Quarter – If you intend to be out at night, this is a perfect spot for music, bars, dining, and clubs. It is also home to many gorgeous Victorian buildings.
  • Little Italy and North Park – Both areas are also great for those looking for a bit of something to do at night, though you won’t find the clubs you will in Gaslamp Quarter. Instead, you’ll find cultural venues, restaurants, and parks.
  • Seaport Village – This 14-acre waterfront area is full of entertainment, shopping, and dining, and is part of the larger Marina District. You are within easy reach of the USS Midway and the Gaslamp Quarter from here.

Don’t forget to walk Coronado Bridge to the island and pay a visit to the hotel. Take time at the beach and then visit the many eateries of the Ferry Landing Marketplace!

As you can see, there is so much to see and do in San Diego that two days is hardly enough. Enjoy time at your villa but be sure you head out and see this city’s wonderful sites.

French Polynesia is a fascinating place. While we are about to look at nine things you probably don’t about it, there is one thing to know right off the top – French Polynesia is NOT Tahiti. A common mistake, and an easy one to make, is that French Polynesia and Tahiti are one and the same.

In fact, there are five archipelagos and over 115 islands that make up French Polynesia. Though many people will refer to all of them as Tahiti, it is only one of the islands that make up the entirety of French Polynesia. As you make plans to pay a visit, it is helpful to note that Tahiti is comprised of Tahiti Iti (a small area to the southeast) and Tahiti Nui to the north.

While Tahiti is home to a huge percentage of the French Polynesian population, it is only a part of what are known as the Society Islands. Here, you find other well-known names, including Bora Bora. The other archipelagos include Tuamotu, the Marquesas, the Gambiers, and the Austral Islands.

So, there are a few things you might not yet know about French Polynesia. Before you book your luxury villa or overwater bungalow in the region, we’d like to share with you a lot of other lesser-known but important details.

It is Part of France

Today, French Polynesia is called a semi-autonomous region of France, though they were once their own private kingdom with a royal family. In the 1880s, however, France annexed the region and today has authority over civic and property rights as well as law enforcement. This is why the official languages are both French and Tahitian. Additionally, each island grouping will have its own dialect, and English is a commonly known language in all areas.

It gets fewer visitors in a single year than the Hawaiian Islands host in a single day. That is why it is deemed one of the most exclusive destinations in the world. What is so interesting is that the area that French Polynesia covers is far larger than Europe, covering more than four million square kilometers.

There is a Vineyard on an Atoll

With its connection to France, it makes sense that it would be home to a vineyard. The coral atoll in the Tuamotu Archipelago is home to e Domaine Dominique Auroy Winery and its Vin du Tahiti vintages – the only French Polynesian wine.

Moorea is the Home of the Overwater Bungalow

You may look in many exotic and tropical areas of the world and find lots of overwater bungalows. They can range from primitive to extremely luxurious, but all of them take their inspiration from the island of Moorea, which created the first such structures during the 1960s.

What caused them to be built? Three American investors had tried, unsuccessfully, to create a vanilla plantation on the island. And they decided to attempt to make the area a tourist village. Calling it Bali Hai Moorea, it was a success, and scores of other companies now emulate this style of accommodation.

The Region is Home to the Most Photographed Island

Though Bora Bora and Moorea get their fair share of photographs appearing in travel journals and websites, it is the tiny island of Motu Tapu that can rightfully claim to be the site appearing in the most photos. With its turquoise lagoon, tall palms, and stunning white sands, it is a picture-postcard vision that inspires many visits to French Polynesia. In fact, it was once a private retreat for a Polynesian queen.

Moorea is known in the area as the Magical Island, while nearby Bora Bora is the Romantic Island, and Tahiti is the Queen of the Pacific. Another island close to the largest group, Raiatea (formerly Hawaki), is where French Polynesians believe the world began.

There Are No Snakes

Millions of people live in fear of snakes and avoid going on hikes or adventures where there may be a high risk of running into snakes. Fortunately, in French Polynesia, the islands are so remote and distant that there are no poisonous snakes or any snakes at all. There are also no poisonous bugs, and the only pest around are the sandflies that rarely bother travelers.

It Provides a Home to an Ultra Rare Flower

Men and women in French Polynesia commonly tuck a tiare apetahi behind an ear. Why is not quite clear, but what we do know is that this gorgeous white flower thrives only in French Polynesia and only on one of its many islands – Raiatea. Even then, it will grow only on Mount Temehani, and it has never been replanted successfully anywhere else in the islands nor out in the world.

When married, the flower is tucked on the left ear, and when single, it is tucked behind the right. It is also the scent behind many famous fragrances.

There is a Huge Chinese Community

One of the great cultural experiences you can enjoy during a visit to Tahiti is the enormous Chinese community living throughout the region. There are many shops owned by Chinese residents, and this makes for a great experience.

It is Home to a Church Built of Coral

There is a saying about using what you’ve got, and this was taken literally on the island of Fakarava, which is where one of the largest lagoons of the region is found. It is also where a protected coral atoll exists, but where early settlers harvested coral to use as a building material. They constructed only one building – the Catholic church of Jean de La Croix. The exterior has other materials, but the interior is entirely built of coral from the waters nearby.

Breadboxes and Mailboxes Are the Same

Finally, keep an eye out for oversized mail or letterboxes outside of French Polynesian homes. This is because they are not used for mail at all. In fact, there is no residential postal service. The boxes are for home bread delivery!

Clearly, the area known as French Polynesia is far more interesting and surprising than many think. If you are booking a trip to the region, you’ll appreciate this rare and unusual facts, but are far more likely to appreciate the endless beauty and noted hospitality of the region.

When travelers describe the best Caribbean vacations or their ideal in Caribbean travel, it often comes with some general topics or interests. For example, many think of Caribbean destinations in terms of the beaches a particular island might offer, or the natural beauty. However, as the years pass, the Caribbean islands have started to emerge with individual and unique identities.

For instance, some of the best Caribbean islands to visit are deemed ideal for the “foodies” of the world. On the other hand, some Caribbean destinations are all about perfect sands or conditions for watersports. Some are emerging for their arts and culture, and still others that are the best islands to visit if you are eager to learn about history or explore pristine and preserved natural areas.

Pool and sea view from the Antigua villa. Thiings to do on Antigua. Caribbean islands
The view from villa Oval, Antigua


As one of the best Caribbean islands to consider for a 2020 holiday, it is important to note that Antigua claims to have 365 beaches or one for each day of the year. Whether or not it is true, it is an island destination with remarkable beaches to enjoy. Half Moon Bay is one of the most beautiful and is home to windsurfers as well as fans of snorkeling and beachcombing. For those who want premium swimming, Dickenson Bay is in the northern part of the island while Pigeon Point is in the south, and both offer calm water, great beaches with full facilities, and lots of tasty food options. If you are more prone to enjoying isolated beaches, Fryes’ Bay and Runaway Bay are the most recommended.

It also has an enviable food scene and is famed for its Friday night fish fries found in different spots.

Beachront area at villa La Vie en Bleu, St Martin. Caribbean islands
Beachront area at villa La Vie en Bleu, St Martin

St Martin

With its cosmopolitan blend of Dutch and French cultures, it is also packed with activities to enjoy. It is one of the few Caribbean destinations with a casino culture, but it also has the world’s steepest zip line, many different hiking trails and systems, top-notch beaches (including the famous Maho Beach at the end of the Princess Juliana International Airport’s runway, as well as Mullet Bay), authentic rum production facilities, and a truly photogenic capital city – Philipsburg on the Dutch side. Recently recovered from damaging weather, it is described as fully rebounded and enjoying a renaissance, making it one of the Caribbean destinations on most travelers’ must-see lists.

The pool area at villa Crystal Springs, Barbados


Authentic and luxurious, beautiful and welcoming, Barbados is seen by many as an iconic destination and one of the best Caribbean islands for vacation. Home to an amazing number of luxury villas for Barbados visitors, it has a myriad of environments to enjoy. There are the beaches along the stunning Platinum Coast (western side of the island, and sometimes called the Gold Coast), remarkable restaurants that serve local specialties as well as gourmet fare and island-made rum, there is amazing shopping in the Broad Street area of Bridgetown and the Bayshore Complex nearby (there is also great duty-free shopping in Speightstown and Holetown), and there is non-stop nightlife. The activities beyond those listed include sightseeing in the famous Harrison’s Cave, touring the botanical gardens, almost any sort of watersport, hiking, cycling, and much more.

Of course, what makes Barbados one of the best places in the Caribbean to visit is the noted hospitality of the islanders, welcoming everyone and encouraging travelers to listen to island music, sample island dishes, and see the island’s best sights.

Villa Reef House, BVIs

The British Virgin Islands (BVIs)

Virgin Gorda is one of the BVIs and it rates as one of the most frequently recommended Caribbean islands. Why? It is the heart of sailing in the region. The BVIs are home to an annual regatta that celebrates 50 years in 2021, and because of that, there is a huge sailing culture. If you want to learn which Caribbean islands to visit to do some sailing or learn the ins and outs of it, this is the right choice.

The island is also home to an excellent street food culture, and many travelers rave of the delicious fare they enjoyed during a simple walking tour of the different towns.

The Cayman Islands

Typically rating among the top Caribbean islands is Grand Cayman because of its business and financial links to the world, but Little Cayman Island has just as much to offer. It is home to fewer than 200 year-round residents and has a far quieter and low-key tone. Many who visit say it is one of the best islands to visit in the Caribbean if you want to step back into the past and see what the entire region was like many decades earlier.

Beaches here are serene, white sand spaces where many travelers enjoy unforgettable picnics.

Dominica. Caribbean islands
Secret Bay, Dominica


Called a luxurious spot by many, it is a much lesser-known destination than other islands. It has no white sand beaches and is not dotted with resorts or luxury hotels as many other islands might be. Instead, it is an island ideal for those who want to savor the outdoors and the pristine beauty of a Caribbean setting. It is a spot where you can hike, visit waterfalls, swim in fresh or sea waters, and even go for a whale-watching cruise.

Known as “nature island” by many, it has rainforests and remnants of its volcanic past. It has 365 rives and more than a dozen waterfalls. Travelers can book scuba diving adventures as well as luxury villas, and yet, it is so affordable, many call it the best Caribbean island to retire. Clearly, with so many reasons to visit (and even stay), it must rank as one of the (if not the best Caribbean island to visit).

If you are thinking of a Caribbean island trip soon, don’t forget the charms of other popular islands. There are many luxury rentals, making some of the islands good choices for Caribbean holidays. St Barts villas, as an example will put you close to the pristine water and beaches and within minutes of the towns and harbors that make it such a picturesque destination. You can find them in charming Gustavia, close to the sands of Gouverneur Beach or Toiny, or the hills, offering non-stop scenery. You can sail with experts, enjoy flawless weather, and savor world-class cuisine.

The Caribbean islands are a 2020 destination of choice, and now you know which are seen by experts and fellow travelers as some of the best to choose when planning a visit.

Spring break is a tradition being honored in many parts of the world. And whether it is defined as a holiday that a group of college-age people enjoy or a family break in the glorious spring weather, it is best when it involves the ideal spring break destinations for everyone. Traditionally, the typical places to go for spring break are tropical locations that allow everyone a bit of summer-like fun. It might be at a beachfront city or a tropical island setting, but the best spring break destinations are usually warm and sunny.

This does not mean that you need to plan your spring break trips to the same locations as everyone else. After all, the best places to go for spring break may be the places where the crowds are thinner or even non-existent.

While we will recommend only the most popular spring break destinations from 2019 and earlier, we are also going to point out a few spring break locations that are more unique or lesser known.

Where to Go for Spring Break?

Naturally, the first step in determining the ideal spring break destinations begins with that simple question: Where to go for spring break? This usually boils down to an initial decision to remain domestic or to travel abroad. As an example, a lot of American travelers will consider luxury rentals in beautiful spots like California, San Diego, Florida, Orlando, Hawaii, and even an early-season visit to the Outer Banks in North Carolina.

Yet, it is also a great idea for those same travelers to consider international spots that include the entire Caribbean region – where irresistibly luxurious Turks and Caicos vacation rentals or cosmopolitan St Barths villas are sure to please. They can visit islands like Barbados, the BVIs, Costa Rica and so many more and find lesser-known, quieter, and more unique spring break destinations.

After all, the Caribbean is home to some of the world’s best beaches, dining, golfing, watersports, sailing, and outdoor settings. Then again, Mexico (always a popular choice in spring break destinations) is home to such world-class spots as Los Cabos, the Riviera Maya, Puerto Vallarta, and Punta Mita.

And on top of these options, there are also many spring break places throughout Europe, Asia, and even Oceania. As an example, Croatia or Greece may offer some of the best places for spring break with the family or a group of friends.

What do the experts say about the top spots and best spring break locations for all? The most commonly recommended will include:

Cabo San Lucas

As a wildly popular destination on a year-round basis, it makes sense that it is also one of the top spring break destinations each year. It has excellent beaches and a lot of remarkable restaurants and bars, a world-class collection of marinas, and plenty to see and do.

Punta Cana – Located in the Dominican Republic, it is a remarkable planned community with excellent beaches and world-class golfing, dining, and accommodations. It has lots of clubs and nightlife options for those who want to experience traditional spring break activities.

Puerto Vallarta

A perennial favorite with students because of the many clubs and bars, it is also home to the delightful Malecon area (a promenade full of artists, eateries, and excellent scenery), excellent beaches, and it also happens to be one of the very best cities for travelers who enjoy walking and exploring things on foot.


Another perennial favorite with travelers and students, it is home to amazing musical experiences, lots of top-notch beaches, plenty of places to shop and dine. It is also a good choice for families who want a spring break beach vacation in a private villa along the sands.

Riviera Maya

The coastal area of Mexico known as the Riviera Maya is home to many excellent spring break destinations and travel spots. While some may want to head to the celebrity playground of Tulum (which is also home to ancient ruins), others may prefer the flawless beach conditions of Playa del Carmen. With lots of nightlife, dining, and shopping, it is also a watersports paradise with some of the calmest waters imaginable.

Turks and Caicos

Home to the world-famous Seven Mile Beach (which is less than seven miles), it is also a great spot for those who enjoy luxury villas, excellent cuisine, great shopping, and some truly perfect conditions for every possible watersport.

Costa Rica

For those who are more enthusiastic about authentic wildlife than spring break wildness, one of the best spots for spring break vacations might be this Central American country. With more than 25 national parks and an amazing amount of the world’s biodiversity, it is an ideal spot to see authentic rainforests, exotic creatures, and even stay in an eco-tourism site or eco-friendly villa tucked into a jungle-like setting.

St Lucia

This ranked as one of the newer and most appealing spring break 2019 destinations. With its famous volcanic mountains – the Pitons – standing at the center and its lush stretches of rainforest framed by excellent beaches, it is a truly beautiful spot to get away from it all. It is also a foodie’s paradise and a spot where some of the most interesting luxury villas can make for an unforgettable family holiday or vacation with friends.

And if you are thinking outside of the box and hoping for something a bit unusual, why not consider some of the “other” spring break spots that ranked towards the top of the lists of 2019 favorites? They included Barcelona, Spain with its amazing food culture, fascinating sights and hikes, and its wonderful weather. A top spot for nightlife, it is also an excellent family destination for spring break. Some spots might take a bit of time to reach, such as Hawaii, but the “Big Island” of Hawaii and the ever-popular islands of Maui and Kauai would also provide excellent weather, plenty of beaches and watersports, lots of sites to explore, and a unique culture on each island.

It is fun to go where the crowds go for their holidays, but if you want something a bit on the more unique side, the best spring break spots listed above will introduce you to the fun in the sun spirit of the season, without the enormous crowds. Book early and find yourself a private villa or beachfront spot and then soak up the sun and fun that can be found only at the spring break season each year.

Planning your Caribbean getaway? The region is an incredible destination, with something to offer just about anyone, including stunning vacation rentals. Of course, knowing what to do in Turks and Caicos is important to ensuring that you’re able to plan your visit effectively, make the best use of your time, and see all that you want to see while exploring these jewel-like islands. Our guide below will highlight some of the top things to do in the Turks and Caicos, saving you some time and hassle, and making sure that you can plan an amazing vacation.

Spend Some Time on the Beach

We’ll begin with what might be the single most common activity on any Caribbean island – sunning on the beach and swimming in the crystalline waters. When it comes to things to do in Turks & Caicos, several beaches rate very highly. Grace Bay Beach is one of the most popular, but it’s also one of the more crowded options. Leeward Beach and The Bight Beach are also popular options.

If you’re looking for something with fine sand and shallow water, you would probably benefit from Five Cays Beach or Taylor Bay. As a note, something that often surprises people looking into the best activities on Turks and Caicos, is that there are no private beaches here. They’re all public, which means you technically have access to all of them during your stay. Never let anyone try to tell you that a section of beach here is private, as they have been misinformed.


No, we’re not asking what’s up. SUP is an acronym for stand-up paddling, and you’ll do it aboard a specially-designed, surfboard-like construction. It’s wider and flatter, and offers plenty of footing. One of the things to do in Turks and Caicos that people really love is to paddle around the bays, farther out than most swim, and getting a glimpse at the sea life, mangroves, and hidden beaches and sand bars they can reach. You’ll find a number of SUP rental options throughout the area, so you can get your fun on just about any time.


What better way to view the islands and sea than from the air? However, you don’t have to fly in a plane – parasailing gives you the chance to explore the area the way the native birds do, soaring above the azure waves with the warm sun on your face and the salt breeze in your hair. It’s an incredible experience, and certainly ranks as one of the top Turks and Caicos activities for many visitors. As a note, you’ll discover parasailing operations all over the island, so you’ll have your pick of the options. Most rides last between 10 and 15 minutes, but during peak season, there can be a wait for your turn.


One of the best things to do in Turks and Caicos is to rent a kayak. It puts you right on the water, and offers a bit more stability than an SUP. With a kayak, you can go almost anywhere here – venture a bit farther out into the sea, or head around the curve of the island and explore areas out of sight to most visitors. Whether you want to find secluded beaches or explore the mangrove forests, or just take an enjoyable excursion on the water, kayaking is a great way to get to know the character of these islands.

Grab a Cold One

While there are tons of bars and restaurants where you can get a cold beer, none of them offer anything near as fresh as what you’ll find at Turk’s Head Brewery. When it comes to beer lovers visiting Turks and Caicos, things to do on your list should certainly include a visit to the area’s own craft brewery. You can take a tour and see how beer is brewed, then grab yourself a sample (or two!) and soak up the tropical sun while sipping your suds.

Take in Some History

If you love history and are wondering what is there to do in Turks and Caicos that you’ll enjoy, consider a trip to Cheshire Hall Plantation. It was the only plantation on Providenciales to have a full complement of stone structures. You can visit the great house, the ruins of the slave quarters, the cotton press bases, and more. It’s a quiet site and allows you to explore the island’s history at your own pace. It’s also just a short trip from downtown, so it can be added to your itinerary easily.

National Museum and Heritage Site

Another of the many things to do in Turks and Caicos for history lovers, the National Museum and Heritage Site is a popular visit for many reasons. It takes only a few minutes to explore, but it also helps you connect with the islands’ culture and history in a deeper way. All the exhibits are outdoors, too, so you can still soak up some sun while soaking up the history.

Northwest Point National Park

One must do in Turks and Caicos is a visit to Northwest Point National Park. If you can, time your visit with higher tides – it’s an impressive sight as the waves slam into the rocks and spray fills the air. You can enjoy birdwatching, beachcombing, or just sitting and enjoying the majesty of nature here. As a note, the area is home to very strong currents, so swimming is discouraged.

The Hole

What would probably rank as the best place to visit in Turks and Caicos for those pressed for time, The Hole is located on Sea Sage Road and is really just a huge hole in the ground. It was created by centuries of water flowing over the limestone, wearing it away. Today, there’s a blue-green pool at the bottom, and you can clearly see the layers of limestone in the walls. Note that you cannot climb the walls and there is no safe way to descend to the bottom, so this is one of the better things to do in Turks and Caicos for anyone who may have physical disabilities, or who simply doesn’t enjoy a lot of physical exertion.

Take a Drive

For those visiting Turks and Caicos, what to do should include time spent exploring Providenciales. There are quite a few ways to do this, including scenic drives that let you explore Turks and Caicos attractions, as well as scenic expanses. The Chalk Sound drive is always lovely, but you may also enjoy taking Venetian Road and exploring Turtle Tail. The Blue Hills Road is also a good option for getting to know the area.

In Conclusion

You’ll find things to do in Turks and Caicos to fit any interest, need, or desire. With the information above, you should be set for a getaway of a lifetime! Of course, if you intend to explore other areas of the Caribbean, you might also want to think about Barbados villas and apartments, or even luxury villa rentals on St Barts depending on how far afield you want to go. However long you intend to stay and wherever you intend to explore, though, you’ll find a warm, welcoming home in the Caribbean.

Are you headed to the amazing Riviera Maya region of Mexico this year? Though Cancun is a popular spot for global travelers, just south of it is the easternmost portion of the Yucatan Peninsula or the area known as the Riviera Maya (as well as the Riviera Maya). Starting around Playa del Carmen and ending at mysterious and marvelous Tulum, it is a fantastic spot to visit at any time of the year.

Even though it is a glorious spot, knowing how to pack for a visit of any length of time (even if staying in a luxurious Riviera Maya villa with all of the amenities) can be challenging. To help with this issue, we have organized a good list of “what to pack” for your upcoming visit to the region. Before we look at a list of basic items all travelers will require, let’s first figure out the best way to determine how you should pack for your visit.

The Big Questions

While you might be the type of traveler who is determined to get everything into your carry-on or you are happy checking and paying for additional bags, you need to pose a few key questions to be sure you are bringing the right items. These questions include:

What will you be doing during the visit?

Because this area is home to lots of amazing beaches, you may find your packing list very limited. A few bathing suits, some covers, and one or two “going out” ensembles may be the extent of your wardrobe. However, you might be someone who wants to do some jungle trekking, cenote diving, high-end shopping, gourmet dining, and rigorous activities or exercise routines. That can mean a lot of different footwear as well as a lot of garments.

As one travel expert in the region said, it is a “pretty easy destination to pack for in a carry-on,” but there are few things to keep in mind. And this means more questions to consider.

So, which activities will YOU do?

What we suggest is that you consider this issue at the most basic level. For example, will you be headed to Tulum or another area in order to climb any of the Mayan ruins? If so, that means sensible hiking or walking shoes, shorts, and some layers to serve as protection from the sun or keep you warm at sunset.

Are you going to go snorkeling or do water sports? Pack water shoes, appropriate swimwear, a cover or other outerwear, and the right beach shoes to enable yourself to wander around comfortably and safely afterward.

Are you hitting the many shopping and dining venues? Maybe you intend to partake in the nightlife? Then you definitely want at least two “outfits” for such times, as well as attractive and comfortable shoes.

And while we are on the topic of fashion, we need to talk about materials. Lightweight, easily layered, and quick-dry materials make the best garments in the conditions of the area and also come in more stylish looks that can mix well.

Are you familiar with the climate?

In general, the climate in the region is straight out of a traveler’s dream, but it can have periods of heat and high humidity (though the prevailing breezes often make even the worst weather more than tolerable). However, the area is also host to two very specific periods or seasons – the wet season and dry season. If traveling from May to October, it is going to be a lot more humid and rainy than during the peak dry season of November to April.

And though you might think that the wet season is cooler, it is the opposite and when raining in the Riviera Maya, it is also often quite hot. So, know whether or not you actually need that pair of jeans or long pants if you intend to be there during the hot, wet weather. The opposite applies if you are going in the dry season, and you may find that bringing a sweater or layering items is appropriate.

The Essential Items

With all of this in mind, it is time to look at a list of the basics for men and women to pack as they head out for a holiday in the Riviera Maya.

  • Two bathing suits (or more if your holiday is in a private villa with a pool or an oceanside setting)
  • Quick-dry shorts – both men and women will appreciate the comfort and coolness they offer, and particularly if the activities planned are the more active types (hiking, climbing, trekking, or a blend of shopping and other activities)
  • Fashionable shorts – Men can often get away with stylish shorts as evening wear, and so can women if they are made of premium materials. They also dress up a daytime look if some shopping or dining is on the agenda.
  • Tops – Men and women will benefit from packing only lightweight tops that layer well. Think attractive t-shirts and tanks as well as fashionable blouses and men’s shirts with short sleeves, or in tank styles.
  • Women’s items – A single sundress and/or a maxi dress will often do a lot of work for the wardrobe during a Riviera Maya holiday. It can go from day to night quite easily with a change of shoes, and the addition of a few accessories.
  • Men’s items – As noted, those fashionable shorts can pair well with a nicer button-up
  • Outerwear – At least one sweater or jacket is essential at any time, and this is true whether it is the cooler and dryer weather or the hot weather when air conditioning may be a bit too high for some.
  • Shoes – Lots of travelers invest in low-cost flip flops for the beach, a good pair of walking shoes or sneakers, and some sandals. Fashion footwear for a night out is also a good idea for both men and women.

That is really all that anyone would need for a holiday in the Riviera Maya (in addition to undergarments and toiletries, of course). There is great shopping for accessories and garments, so anything you forget, you can easily find in the region’s world-class shopping areas!

With more than 800 miles of pristine coastline along the Pacific coast and Caribbean waters, it is easy to say that there are many Costa Rica beaches. However, it is just as fair to say that there are many of the best beaches in Costa Rica, and whether you are a fan of big surf, gentle waters, or simply doing some beach combing, you’ll want to discover the best beaches in Costa Rica for your tastes.

If you look at a map of Costa Rica beaches, you will note that the western coast seems to be home to the majority of what are often deemed the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica. However, the east coast has its fair share, and particularly in the Cahuita and Punta Uva region. The Punta Uva beach is often described as one of the top beaches in Costa Rica or one of the best Costa Rica beach destinations.

This means you can easily find an excellent beach wherever you might choose to travel. The key is to determine just what sort of beachgoer you are, and what sort of amenities and nearby activities you prefer. For example, there are the best beach towns in Costa Rica in addition to the best beaches.

Many offer unique natural features that include volcanic black sand, rugged cliffs, and shorelines, there are Costa Rica pink sand beaches and classic sand lined with palm trees. With all of this in mind, let’s take a look at a handful of what is often described as the finest of the many Costa Rica beaches:

Punta Uva Beach – A very famous beach in Costa Rica, it is also one of the few along the Caribbean coast. It is part of the Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge and is ideal if you are eager to also witness much of the natural flora and fauna of Costa Rica. You can also enjoy snorkeling and diving here in the calm waters. Manzanillo Beach is here, too, and is a great spot if you want to experience a low-key beach town surrounded by the rainforests.

Manuel Antonio Beach – Popular and surrounded by rainforest, it is about a half of an hour’s hike from Manuel Antonio National Park. It has rainforest trails and other connected beaches, and almost all travelers will be able to encounter some of the country’s wild monkeys making their way toward the Costa Rica coast.

Tamarindo Beach – This is the Guanacaste province and is noted as one of the best surfing beach and close to one of the most famous Costa Rica beach towns (also called Tamarindo). It is adjacent to the white sand Langosta Beach and is a common choice among for those who prefer quieter locations and smaller crowds. Conchal Beach is also one of the best Costa Rica beaches and is part of the Guanacaste region, too. This is perfect if you are a fan of diving and snorkeling, and it is home to luxury beach rentals and villas in great abundance. Flamingo Beach is just north of Conchal and is home to amazing pink sand and exceptionally beautiful surf.

Dominical Beach – Far to the southwest, this is one of the more isolated Costa Rica beaches and is noted for surfing. However, it is also a foodie paradise as it is in the same neighborhood as many of the country’s most popular restaurants and eateries. Costa Ballena is also nearby, and don’t let the name fool you. It is not home to lots of whales (as its name implies). Instead, it takes its name from the whale-tail shaped beach at the far end of the stretch of sandbar. However, if you are in the area in August through October, you may catch sight of the humpback whales that pass through.

Nacascolo Beach – This is part of the coveted Papagayo Peninsula, which is also home to many luxury beach rentals. This is one of the best beaches in Costa Rica for those who enjoy kayaking and paddleboarding adventures. It is also noted as one of the best swimming beaches in Costa Rica for the tranquility and calmness of the waters.

Montezuma Beach – Set along the Nicoya Peninsula and part of the Montezuma area home to the famous waterfalls, it is one of the most tropical sites thanks to the jungle that frames the beach and the rough coastline that creates lots of beautiful pools at low tide. Nearby are Malpais and Santa Teresa Beaches that frame charming beach towns. Both Malpais and Santa Teresa Beach have a wilder feel than many other beaches, and are noted for their soft sand and their frequent and excellent surfing conditions. Samara Beach is also here, along with Nosara Beach. The former is a great deal calmer than its neighbors, and a good choice for those who want to snorkel or dive in Costa Rica ocean waters. The latter is a surfing destination with smaller crowds.

Ostional Beach – This is also part of the Nicoya Peninsula but is a stunning black sand beach that is one of the best beaches in Costa Rica if you hope to witness sea turtles. They nest here between July and October and travelers who want to witness the sea turtles in action can arrange for a night visit to these gorgeous sands.

There are also several San Jose Costa Rica beaches, each has a unique vibe, with Jaco often being described as the most low-key and charming among them. Travelers can also find some of the best beaches at Punta Leona and Herradura – all less than two hours from San Jose proper.

Planning Your Visit

If you are eager to savor the delights of the best beaches in Costa Rica, you can use the information here along with the best beaches in Costa Rica map or guide to plot out your visits. There are many beach spots to discover, and most are incredibly well-preserved, especially the national park.

If you are eager to savor nothing more than flawless sand and the calm seas, you can also look to other Caribbean coast destinations and islands. For example, a fantastic luxury villa in Costa Rica might put you close to Pacific coast beaches, but St Barts villa rentals and beachfront villas in Barbados will set you directly along the flawless sands that each of these islands is noted for offering. You might even hop from an island to Costa Rica or vice versa and decide what sort of beachfront is your personal favorite!

While you might go online and find any number of results when searching for a Costa Rica travel guide or Costa Rica travel tips, what you want to find is one that answers some key questions. They are:

  • Why visit Costa Rica?
  • Where to travel in Costa Rica
  • What to do in Costa Rica
  • How to travel in Costa Rica
  • How do you plan ideal Costa Rica vacations for the whole group or family?

Yes, it is great to begin any Costa Rica travel guide with a long list of the many appealing spots to plan to see and explore, but it is always best if you know why a specific destination is a “must-see” or award-winning locale.

With Costa Rica travel, you get more than a dozen answers to the top question of “why”? For example, even a basic Costa Rica travel guide would have to mention rainforests, river valleys, immense biodiversity, stunning beaches, and the many luxury rentals that draw visitors from all over the world. It is one destination where it is both fair and accurate to say that there is something for everyone on the trip. In fact, there is more than just one “something” for any visitor.

Costa Rica tourism has climbed substantially over the years because of this, and yet the country has managed to preserve its pristine national parks and wilderness areas. That is why anyone who visits can find a long list of activities that include everything from zip lining and tubing along exotic rivers and through mysterious caves, to surfing and diving.

Where to Travel in Costa Rica

Once you know why you should visit Costa Rica and that it is ideal for single travelers, couples, groups, and families, the next question is where to go during your time in Costa Rica.

If you look at a map of Central America, you will see that there are appealing destinations at every point. If you start at the far southernmost area, you’d discover the stunning beaches of Punta Uva along the Caribbean coast. Farther south and along the western coast is San Vito with its famous Wilson Botanical Garden.

Head northward along the western coast and discover Cataratas Nauyaca, in Dominical. This is a famous set of waterfalls that are surrounded by natural pools for swimming and which offer many outdoor adventures. Of course, a great deal farther to the north is Montezuma Waterfalls, another must-see destination.

Naturally, in the northern area of Costa Rica is the Parque Nacional Volcan Arenal, Reserva Santa Elena, the Venado Caves, and in the very heart of the country is the city of San Jose. San Jose itself might be the very reason behind a visit to Costa Rica. With its long list of fascinating sites, museums, and attractions, it is a fantastic spot to spend a day or two (or five) when visiting the country.

You might also pay a visit to the city of Jaco along the pacific coast. It is described as the closest beachside city near San Jose and is a surfing, shopping, and beachgoers’ paradise.

So, that answers the question of where to travel in Costa Rica – essentially, everywhere. The best answers are found by asking yourself the next question on the list – what to do in Costa Rica – or, more appropriately, what do you want to do in Costa Rica?

What Do You Want to Do in Costa Rica?

Many visit Costa Rica because of its natural beauty. There are 27 national parks and five percent of the planet’s biodiversity is contained within the nation’s borders. So, whether you want to set foot in a cloud forest, dive a pristine coral reef, visit dry and the lush green rain forests, or explore a volcano, it is possible. There are six active and more than 60 dormant volcanoes in Costa Rica, and they are a top destination of many Costa Rican holidays.

So too is the wildlife with more than 500k kinds of animals in the country. If you are a big fan of hummingbirds, you will be glad to discover that Costa Rica travel also means visiting the hummingbird capital of the world!

The kinds of activities available to visitors is immense with everything from ATV trips and horseback rides to hiking, surfing, and more. There are beaches to explore along the Caribbean sea (and more than 800 miles of Caribbean coast), with many home to sea turtles as well as great watersports conditions.

Perhaps you want a truly leisurely holiday? If so, Costa Rica is a foodie’s delight and the city of San Jose is developing an authentic reputation for world-class cuisine. There are many “national” or traditional dishes that include a ceviche-like dish known as Vuelve a la vida, a sandwich known as the arregalados, and the unique pejibayes fruits that many visitors adore at first bite. You will also want a sip of the national cocktail – the cacique guaro – which is a sugar cane liqueur best mixed with lime and sugar.

If you are a big fan of coffee, you could probably find a Costa Rica travel guide for that alone! After all, Costa Rican coffee has been known for centuries for its delicious taste and its variety. It is a major crop and part of the country’s fundamental economy. So, if coffee is your “thing”, you can visit Costa Rica for the perfect cup of joe!

That leaves only a few more issues to address, and one of the most important among them is how to get around in Costa Rica?

Traveling in Costa Rica

Travel Pros will say that one of their most important Costa Rican travel tips includes the bus system. The bus system throughout Costa Rica is one of the most interesting ways to travel, as well as being more eco-friendly than a rental. If you do rent, it must be a 4×4 as the roads in the countryside are challenging and less maintained than many are used to driving. A private car and driver or a group tour with a private driver is another way to travel easily, comfortably, and safely.

And with mention of a group tour, we reach that final issue – how to plan Costa Rica travel for a group or a family? If there is one thing this Costa Rican guide has made clear is that there is something for everyone in any part of the country. Hiking in mountain rainforests or surfing on the beaches, relaxing by the pool of a luxury villa or shopping in town…all is possible in Costa Rica.

Common Costa Rica travel tips for those traveling in this part of the world is to consider a visit to another nearby destination, and you may want to go from a luxurious villa in the jungle to an authentically tropical setting, Turks and Caicos villa rentals as well as Barbados villas and apartments may be the perfect way to begin or end your unforgettable holiday.

Planning a honeymoon? Spain might not be the first destination, but with its sun-soaked beaches, ancient history, beautiful mountains and forests, there are plenty of reasons that a Spain honeymoon should be considered. Of course, you’ll want to know about the best places to go in Spain for couples, as well as luxury rentals so you can stay in comfort. What cities and destinations should be on your honeymoon in Spain itinerary? In this guide, we’ll walk you through what you need to know about planning romantic holidays in Spain.

The Best Beaches in Spain for a Honeymoon

If you’re dreaming of a sun-swept getaway for your Spain honeymoon, then look no farther than Tenerife. At first glance, this rocky, rugged coast might not seem ideal, but on closer inspection, you will find a secluded white sand beach guarded by rugged rocks and bright blue waters. Because of its ruggedness, Tenerife is much more secluded than some of Spain’s other beaches. It’s also within easy reach of tropical forests, rugged mountains, including Spain’s tallest mountain, and numerous other attractions. Note that this location is in the Canary Islands, which are the best Spanish islands for a honeymoon.

Urban Exploration

If Tenerife is a bit too secluded for you, then you might want to consider Madrid. It’s urban environs can be one of the most romantic places in Spain. In fact, Madrid ranks as one of the best places in Spain for young couples. It offers a bustling nightlife, where you can drink and dance the night away. You can sample tapas, explore stunning art galleries, and then visit iconic heritage sites, all within the same city.

Rural Splendor

If Madrid is a bit too urbanized for your Spain honeymoon, then maybe consider Toledo. The city is large enough to offer pretty much anything you and your partner might want to enjoy, but it is set within a rustic region of the country. While you’re in town, make sure to explore the castle atop the city’s hill, or the soaring cathedral. The city still maintains its ancient medieval walls and cobblestone streets, making it a great option for a romantic Spain honeymoon.


Andalucía might be most famous for the horses bred here, but there’s so much more. Think flamenco dancing, gypsies, tapas bars, and the scent of geraniums filling the air. It’s a fairytale destination for your Spain honeymoon. While you’re here, make time to explore the surrounding mountains, or even head down to the nearby wetlands to get up close and personal with some of the local wildlife.

Rugged Coastlines

It might be a world away from the warm waters of the Mediterranean and a honeymoon in southern Spain, but Costa Galicia should certainly make your list of Spain honeymoon locations. Why? There are so many reasons to consider a Costa Galicia honeymoon. First, it’s one of the wildest coasts on the continent, offering crashing waves and rugged rocks, but also provides you with beautiful sandy beaches, thermal baths, and some of the most delicious food in the entire country. If seafood is your thing, you’ll find it here aplenty, but there are also lots of other delicacies to try.


When it comes to Spain honeymoon locations, few can compare to what you’ll find in Alicante. Located in the south of Spain on the stunning waters of the Mediterranean, this city is both ancient and modern, connecting you directly with the past without sacrificing modern creature comforts or conveniences. Explore the ancient port, stroll the cobblestone streets hand in hand, or take advantage of the city’s incredibly culinary offerings and dine to your heart’s content. While you’re in town, make sure you explore the golden sand beaches and take in the Roman ruins, as well as Santa Barbara Castle and El Palmeral Park.


The very name conjures up thoughts of exotic destinations and sun-drenched water. Mallorca is located right on the Mediterranean, making it a great location for any Spain honeymoon where you want to while away your days in the warm water and soaking up the plentiful sun. It’s actually located on an island, but you will still find plenty of attractions here, including hiking and biking, dining and drinking, and even ancient historic sites that you can explore.

Beaches, Beaches, and More Beaches

Looking for the best honeymoon in Spain? Benidorm might be exactly what you want. It’s one of the largest cities in Spain, but it also offers three of the best beaches you will find in the country. It’s a resort area, too, so many of the area businesses cater to tourists, and you’ll find a nice blend of familiar foods and exotic options. There is so much to see and do here, too, from snorkeling and scuba diving to windsurfing and water skiing. You can also take advantage of the city’s nightlife and shopping options during your honeymoon.

Ibiza is another beach destination that you’ll want to include on your list of places to visit in Spain for a honeymoon. It’s located in the Balearic Islands and is the place to be for dancing and drinking, as well as for sunbathing and swimming. The party in Ibiza really never stops, but if you want some time to catch your breath, you’ll be able to explore centuries-old buildings and historic sites to your heart’s content.


Anyone planning romantic getaways in Spain will want to include Barcelona on their list. Your Spain honeymoon just wouldn’t be complete without all that this city has to offer. There are incredible architectural options to explore, as well as dining and drinking options, cafes, dance clubs, and more. Barcelona is also home to some of the nation’s most popular beaches, and there are even rooftop venues that let you have fun while spreading the city out before you in panorama.


Finally, we come to Seville, the city of fountains and plazas. There are few cities in Spain that area more romantic, so Seville is ideally suited for your honeymoon. Stroll the cobblestone streets at sunset, explore the amazing churches that line the streets, or take in the Real Alcazar palace. Of course, there’s lots of other things to do, including drinking and dancing, dining, shopping, and just sitting there enjoying the company of one another while sipping coffee at an outdoor café.

In Conclusion

Whether you’re looking for seclusion and privacy, or you want to dance the night away with thousands of others, there’s an incredible Spain honeymoon waiting for you. Of course, if you enjoy the luxury villas and accommodations in Spain, you might also want to consider taking your travels further afield.

A trip to the Caribbean can be a great way to bookend your honeymoon, or it can work as an amazing anniversary excursion. You’ll find an incredible range of accommodation options in the Caribbean, as well, from St Barts villa rentals to beachfront villas in Barbados. And, if you love the beauty that Spain offers, you’ll find that many of the islands in the Caribbean mirror it, from rugged coastlines to incredible nightlife options, stunning blue water, and even proximity to nature.